Moringa Oleifera is becoming increasingly popular as a nutrient-rich “superfood” due to its numerous healthful benefits. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are among these benefits, along with high densities of vitamins C and D, Iron, Calcium, and Potassium.
It is often used as a dietary supplement and can be utilized when cooking meals or brewing teas, as well as eaten naturally raw and uncooked.
Here are some benefits of including Moringa in your diet:
- Highly Rich in Nutrients
Moringa seeds, leaves and powder is fortified with Potassium, Vitamins B1/B2/B3, Calcium and Magnesium. It is packed with Iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. Just 30 grams of Moringa leaf powder provides over 200% of the DV for Vitamin E!
- Anti-inflammatory Benefits
It is well known that inflammation can lead to chronic illness including diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, among other ailments. Moringa’s powerful combination of vitamins and minerals helps combat inflammation effectively.
- Cognitive Health
Moringa’s high concentrations of Vitamin E and C help combat oxidation that leads to neuron degeneration, effectively protecting your brain’s cognitive functions. It also helps normalize serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, which all play important roles in everything from memory to mood.
- Cardiovascular and Liver Benefits
Moringa Oleifera has proven to help contribute to a healthy heart by playing a part in blood lipid control as well as reducing cholesterol levels. It also has high levels of polyphenols in its leaves and flowers, which assist in protection of the liver against oxidation and toxicity.
- Anti-bacterial and Blood Coagulation Properties
Moringa has been effective against fungi and bacterial infections, specifically in the urinary tract or digestive system. It also helps heal wounds faster due to its contribution to faster blood coagulation, meaning it takes less time for blood to clot in cuts or abrasions.
How to Use Moringa Oleifera Safely and Effectively
Moringa powder can be added to a tea, smoothie, or other drink. It has a mild, sometimes bitter flavor (seeds are more bitter than leaves). In large amounts, Moringa can have laxative effects, so it is wise to introduce it to your diet in small amounts.